FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC Running Linux: Power Consumption

Power Consumption under Light Usage

In this test, we used each machine over many days performing a variety of general desktop tasks including, but not limited, to web surfing, email, compiling source code, watching 4K video, listening to music, and running virtualized machines.

The chart shows the power consumption of each machine. The figures are the power draw for the machine, not just the CPU.

FIREBAT Power Consumption Chart

Bear in mind that while the FIREBAT uses the least power, it’s much slower than any of the other machines. For example, in many benchmarks the Intel NUC is more than 4 times faster than the FIREBAT. Overall, the NUC is by far and way the most frugal if you consider power consumption / performance.

Notes about the chart:

  • The tasks do not include any activities that are GPU intensive such as gaming, running locally-hosted AI apps, video recording / live streaming etc.
  • While the tests access software that uses the GPU (such as Xorg), the GPU power consumption is minimal (with the exception of the i5-12400F as the machine’s dedicated graphics card draws 13w at idle).
  • The i5-12400F machine hosts a dedicated graphics card, whereas the FIREBAT, NUC and the 10th gen machine all use onboard graphics.
  • Both the i5-12400F and i5-10400 machines offer BIOS power management options. This power management is enabled. The FIREBAT AND NUC do not offer power management functionality.
  • The Balanced CPU governor is used. With the Power Saver governor enabled, both the FIREBAT and NUC run much slower.
  • Each machine is connected to a single 32″ 4K monitor. Power consumption of each machine will be higher when additional monitors are attached.
  • The machines are running Ubuntu 23.10.

Next page: Page 3 – Power Consumption With CPU Stressed

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Power Consumption With System Idle
Page 2 – Power Consumption With Light Usage
Page 3 – Power Consumption With CPU Stressed
Page 4 – Electricity Costs / Specifications

Complete list of articles in this series:

Part 1Introduction to the series with an interrogation of the system
Part 2Benchmarking the FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC
Part 3Testing the power consumption
Part 4Multimedia: Watching videos and listening to music
Part 5How does the FIREBAT fare as a gaming PC?
Part 6Windows Subsystem for Linux 2
Part 7Installing and Configuring EndeavourOS, an Arch-based distro
Part 8Installing and Configuring Rhino Linux, a rolling release Ubuntu-based distro
Part 9VirtualBox performance on the FIREBAT
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Alex O
Alex O
1 month ago

Under your light usage test, your results show the Firebat uses 11.9W. What’s your overall power consumption taking into account the 4K monitor and any other accessories used?